As travelers make their way down the Great River Road along Illinois’ western border, they are presented with countless opportunities for bluff-top views and magnificent views of the riverbanks. Numerous surprises await along this section of the byway. Visit Galena, a river town like no other, full of historic buildings, antique shops and museums. Go hiking, mountain biking, fishing and boating at Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton. Learn about the power of the Mighty Mississippi and the system of locks and dams at the National Great Rivers Museum in East Alton. Stop in Nauvoo and learn about this quiet community’s importance to Mormons. Climb to the top of Monk’s Mound at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Explore the Cairo Custom House Museum at the southernmost tip of Illinois. Be ready to be surprised as you travel the Illinois Great River Road.
Illinois Mississippi River Parkway Commission
581 South Deere Road
Macomb, Illinois 61455
State Tourism Office
Illinois Bureau of Tourism
100 West Randolph Street, Suite 3-400
Chicago, Illinois 60601